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Safari Users can Enable DuckDuckGo Privacy Extension

Protection is key!

Enhancing your privacy setting are essential when you surf the web. Extensions are equipped to help you out with that need. Just recently, DuckDuckGo privacy extension was disabled due to incompatibility with Safari web browser, but is available for Chrome and Firefox.

Today, DuckDuckGo announced that it has finally enabled it again for Safari and is ready to use. They wrote:

“Millions of Firefox and Chrome users rely on DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, our desktop browser extension that helps protect you no matter where you go on the web. Today, we’re delighted to announce that the wait is over: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is once again available for Safari users!

As you may be aware, major structural changes in Safari 12 meant that we had to remove DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials from the Safari extensions gallery. With Safari 13, new functionality was thankfully added that enabled us to put it back. Consequently, you’ll need Safari 13+ on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or newer to install the updated version.”

Source: DuckDuckGo.com

You can use DuckDuckGo for your preferred search option by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in a new tab, and choosing DuckDuckGo. This feature will allow you to search and browse discreetly. Please note that this private essentials extension is only available for desktop. If you would like the same for your mobile devices, you can download the browser app for iOS or Android.

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Download Folder Removed from Disk Cleanup

To free up hard disk space on computers, users often refer to Windows 10 Disk Cleanup. This will remove any unnecessary files cluttering your hard drive and free up for future needed files.

Tuesday, Brandon LeBlanc from Windows Insiders announced that they will be removing the Download option from Disk Cleanup. He writes in a released statement, “Based on feedback, we’ve decided to remove the downloads folder from disk cleanup.”

The feedback responses included many users challenging the necessity of having the option to remove files from the Downloads folder. Too many of them accidentally selected it and ‘OK’ed the disk cleanup, only to find that there were indeed files in the folder that they needed.

There’s no word as to when this change will occur, but it’s speculated that the next patch will follow through for Disk Cleanup for Windows 10.

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New Microsoft Office Mobile App Announced

Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 wrote a new announcement coming to mobile devices, a new Office mobile app. This app will benefit both Android and iOS users and will help make work productivity run more smooth.

He writes, “We all want to be able to work on the go from mobile devices and we’re always looking to simplify and improve the experience. Today, we’re announcing a new mobile experience for Office that combines three of the suite’s most popular apps—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—into a single go-to app for mobile productivity.”

Gif Source: Microsoft.com

This app hasn’t been released to the public just yet. However, you are allowed to preview it through the Google Play Store and Apple’s TestFlight program (update: The beta testing for Apple is full). This can allow you to help the development team thoroughly test and perfect the app.

While there is no set date, it is said that the app release will come around the first part of the year.

If you ever have Microsoft issues or if you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Scan Documents Using Notes on iPhone

This is a pretty cool tip if you don’t have a printer with a scanner. If you have an iPhone, you can scan important documents using the Notes app.

All you have to do is go to the Notes App and click on the Camera icon on the bottom of the screen (it’s right in the middle). Once you’ve clicked on it, the option Scan Documents will be available for you to pick.

From there, you’ll just position the document and take a picture. You can drag the sides to match up to the paper. Then save the scan.

After all that is said and done, you can print off the document by hitting the Share button in the top right corner. Then scroll down the options until you find Print. What a handy feature on iPhones!

For help with Apple devices, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Frisco Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Frisco, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Update iPhone or iPad to Avoid GPS Issues

If you have an iPhone or iPad made in 2012 or earlier, you will want to read this. This Sunday, November 3rd, GPS disruptions will occur if you do not have your Apple devices updated to the latest software.

According to Apple Support, “Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019,* some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location. This is due to the GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019. Affected Apple devices are not impacted until just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019.”

The software version should be 10.3.4 or 9.3.6. To check if you have one of these numbers, simply open up the Settings app and go to General, then About. The Software Version is the second down, under your name.

If this pertains to you and you need more information on this, check out the Apple Support Website.

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PowerToys is One of Microsoft’s Coolest Tools

Yesterday, Brandon LeBlanc from Windows Insider Program announced a new release of PowerToys v0.12.

If you’ve never heard of PowerToys, LeBlanc states that, “it’s a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.” Apparently PowerToys was revamped from Windows 95 and is specifically for Windows 10 on GitHub.

Microsoft received lots of feedback from the Windows Insiders for this particular feature and seem to be eager to see how it all pans out for the public.

One certain PowerToy is the PowerRename. This allows you to group a handful of files and rename them in a short amount of time.

Power Rename Gif Source: blog.windows.com

LeBlanc finishes the blog post with two more utilities, FancyZones and Dark Mode Support. He states, “The next big improvement is with FancyZones, a window manager that’s designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow. We made the editor multi-monitor aware, targeted globalization bugs, and corrected other high priority issues. Lastly, we’ve started to add in support for Dark Mode where appropriate.”

I can definitely see businesses applying these utilizations to their workload. You’re able to choose your layout and adjust according to what works best for you. It just makes things easier.

Source: github.com/microsoft/PowerToys

If you’d like to install PowerToys, head over to GitHub and download the PowerToysSetup.msi installer.

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Security Patch Sent to Wrong Windows 10 Version

Windows slipped up a little again this week. Microsoft released an update that included an improvement to Windows Autopilot devices. However it was sent to the wrong version.

According to Chris Merriman, an associate editor at the INQUIRER:

For anyone that doesn’t know, Autopilot is a system from the company’s InTune imprint, used to roll out Windows in a business environment. If you’re not in a business environment, and at the IT admin end, you’re usually never going to see it. In fact, according to the notes for the patch:

“Windows Autopilot update is not installed on Windows 10 Pro or a later version when the device is not registered or configured for Windows Autopilot deployment. Windows Autopilot update is never offered to Windows 10 Home.”

Thing is, it was. In fact, it was sent to Home devices and Pro devices that weren’t registered for Autopilot.

The issue has apparently been found and dealt with, but it is urged that you don’t install it unless it’s necessary – which it probably isn’t.

Microsoft Docs says this in regarding adding devices:

“Before deploying a device using Windows Autopilot, the device must be registered with the Windows Autopilot deployment service. Ideally, this would be performed by the OEM, reseller, or distributor from which the devices were purchased, but this can also be done by the organization by collecting the hardware identity and uploading it manually.

If an existing device is already running Windows 10 version 1703 or later and enrolled in an MDM service such an Intune, that MDM service can ask the device for the hardware ID (also known as a hardware hash). Once it has that, it can automatically register the device with Windows Autopilot.

For instructions on how to do this with Microsoft Intune, see Create an Autopilot deployment profile documentation describing the “Convert all targeted devices to Autopilot” setting.

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macOS 10.15.1 Catalina Update Available

Apple has finally released its Catalina Update for the macOS this past Tuesday. There are now over 70 new or updated emojis, HomeKit Secure Video – which allows you to view your security camera footage, and Siri improvements. It also adds support for the new AirPods Pro. So if you have them, you’ll want this update.

This Mac update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos

Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos

Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled

Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list

Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News

Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list 

Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps 

Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app

To update your computer to the latest macOS Catalina, go to the Apple menu, click System Preferences , then choose Software Update. Voila!

For help with Apple operating systems, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Frisco Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Frisco, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Senators Push Emergency Alerts Through Technology

Yesterday, Brian Schatz and John Thune, Senators from Hawaii and South Dakota opened the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act back up again. Schatz’ website released statements from both him and Thune regarding the issues Emergency Alerts encounter. These issues include the lack of relevant alerts in parts of the country.

“When a missile alert went out across Hawai‘i last year, some people never got the message on their phones, while others missed it on their TVs and radios. Even though it was a false alarm, the missile alert exposed real flaws in the way people receive emergency alerts,” said Senator Schatz, lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. “Our bill fixes a number of important problems with the system responsible for delivering emergency alerts. In a real emergency, these alerts can save lives so we have to do everything we can to get it right.”

“South Dakotans understand how drastically the weather can change on a dime,” said Senator Thune, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. “For that reason, among many others, this legislation would make necessary improvements to help keep South Dakotans and communities around the country safe in times of emergency. I want to thank Sen. Schatz for his leadership on this issue and look forward to working with him to move this bill forward.”

The READI Act will have a number of resolutions when it comes to Emergency Alerts. This includes:
  • Alerts sent to streaming services, such as Netflix, Apple TV+, Apple Music, and more
  • Not allowing opting out of receiving certain alerts
  • A reporting system so the FCC can fix any issues
  • Urging SECC (State Emergency Communications Committees) to update their alert system plans
  • Having alerts be played multiple times, instead of the only one time requirement
  • FEMA working on enhancing training on the alert system

So all in all, you may be seeing improvements on any emergency alerts, not only on your phone, but radio, tv, streaming services, and more in the near future. The READI Act already has the full support of a wide variety of television and internet associations.

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Start Menu and Bug Fixes in New Windows Update

With software problems comes updates to alleviate those problems. Earlier today, Microsoft released a cumulative update available to all Windows 10 users. This update, called KB4522355 (OS Build 18362.449) has a variety of fixes, including the Start Menu problem that several users encountered, according to Microsoft Support:

  • “Updates an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from working in certain touch mode scenarios.
  • Updates an issue that starts assistive technology (AT) (such as Microsoft Narrator, Magnifier, or NVDA) after signing in when you’ve configured it to start before signing in. 
  • Updates an issue that causes Magnifier to stop working in certain scenarios, and you have to restart it manually. 
  • Updates an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working in the middle of a session in certain scenarios. 
  • Updates an issue that might prevent a scroll bar from being selected. 
  • Updates an issue that allows a device to go to Sleep (S3) even if you configure the device to never sleep. 
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from shrinking a window in some cases.
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Updates an issue that causes screen flickering or is slow to display the screen when you show application thumbnails on a monitor that has high dots per inch (DPI).
  • Updates an issue that causes the tile for the Photos app to appear larger than expected in the Start menu under certain conditions. 
  • Updates an issue that causes the system to stop responding at the sign-in screen.
  • Updates an issue that might cause a black screen to appear the first time you sign in after installing a feature or quality update.
  • Updates an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update.
  • Addresses an issue with the behavior of the Origin HTTP header when you use Internet Explorer to make cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) requests to redirect resources in internal subnets. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from working in certain touch mode scenarios. 
  • Addresses an issue with syncing settings from the Accounts page when the “Continue experiences on this device” Group Policy is disabled. 
  • Addresses an issue that starts assistive technology (AT) (such as Microsoft Narrator, Magnifier, or NVDA) after signing in when the Ease of Access Center setting requires AT to start before signing in. 
  • Addresses an error message that appears when you open an app after enabling NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM) and the legacy console mode. The error message is, “OACClearArry: Cannot connect to Trace32 OLE Automation server. Error code: -2147483645.” 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Magnifier to stop working in certain scenarios, and the user must restart it manually. 
  • Updates time zone information for Norfolk Island, Australia. 
  • Updates time zone information for the Fiji Islands. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working in the middle of a user session in certain scenarios. 
  • Addresses an issue that fails to set the default Command Prompt window color when you use the color command without a parameter. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Microsoft Windows Search Indexer (searchindexer.exe) to add or repair required access control lists (ACLs) without checking if ACLs exist. 
  • Addresses an issue in which controls in Win32 applications intermittently fail to render correctly when started from a logoff script using the “Run shutdown scripts visible” policy.
  • Addresses an issue in which installing many fonts in the system causes applications to stop responding. 
  • Addresses an issue with high CPU usage in Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) when you disconnect from a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session. 
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent a scroll bar from being selected when an ActiveX control implements the CScrollView class. This occurs if you move the Internet Explorer window, which then moves the scroll bar to the left. 
  • Addresses an issue that allows the system to go to Sleep (S3) after two minutes of inactivity even if you configure the sleep timer to never sleep. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents users from reducing the size of a window in some cases. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft SharePoint file names to appear incorrectly in the Quick access and Recent items folders. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from establishing virtual private network (VPN) connections. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes screen flickering or is slow to display the screen when you show application thumbnails on high dots per inch (DPI) monitors. 
  • Addresses an issue with incorrect permissions on a user’s class registry keys that prevents users from opening files, links, and applications. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the tile for the Photos app to appear larger than expected in the Start menu under certain conditions. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the system to stop responding at the sign-in screen. 
  • Addresses an issue with the multifactor unlock policy of Windows Hello for Business, which fails to show the default sign-in option on Windows 10 devices. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Windows Search to close unexpectedly when a Group Policy applies sub-groups to the Start menu layout. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from retrieving the correct Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) information by setting the DHCP LeaseTerminatesTime and LeaseObatinedTime parameters to the correct format.
  • Addresses an issue with diagnostic data processing when a device has the Diagnostic data setting enabled and set to Basic. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Internet Explorer from opening when Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is being used to roam many favorites. 
  • Addresses an issue that improves the reliability of the UE-V AppMonitor. 
  • Addresses an issue in which Microsoft AppLocker might prevent an application from running or log a false positive error instead of running the application. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents netdom.exe from displaying the new ticket-granting ticket (TGT) delegation bit for the display or query mode. 
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Direct Access servers to use a large amount of non-paged pool memory (pooltag: NDnd). 
  • Addresses an issue with AppContainer firewall rules that leak when guest users or mandatory user profile users sign in and sign out from Windows Server. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents the Unified Write Filter (UWF) servicing mode of Windows Update from working with the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes all Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) dynamic ports to be consumed. As a result, network communications will fail for any protocol or operation using dynamic ports. 
  • Addresses an issue with applications and scripts that call the NetQueryDisplayInformation API or the WinNT provider equivalent. They might fail to return results after the first page of data, often 50 or 100 entries. When requesting additional pages, you might receive the error, “1359: an internal error occurred.” 
  • Addresses an issue that disrupts window ordering after tooltips appear in the RemoteApp window. 
  • Improves an access control list (ACL) check for Known Folders to prevent a black screen that appears the first time a user signs in after installing a feature or quality update. 
  • Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. 
  • Addresses issue with Autopilot self-deploying mode and White glove deployments.
  • Addresses an issue in which the pszTargetName parameter was set incorrectly in the InitializeSecurityContext() API.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update.”

If you ever have an issue with any Windows 10 updates, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.