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Creating a Child Account

With the recent global pandemic, more and more people are relying on the internet for work and other resources. Kids are also dependent on computers to help with schooling. And with all the amount of resources available to them, parents can easily become concerned. Restrictions need to be in place.

Windows 10 allows you to add child accounts with parental controls set in place to block unwanted websites.

First, to create a child account, follow the steps below:
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Accounts
  3. Family & other users
  4. Click the Add a family member, under Your Family
  5. Click Add a child, enter their e-mail address (if applicable), and click Next
  6. Click Confirm

An e-mail will be sent to the address provided, requesting them to join to complete the addition process.

Second, to block websites, follow the steps below:
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Accounts
  3. Family and other users
  4. Click Manage family settings online, located under Add a family member
  5. Click on More options
  6. On the drop-down menu, click on Content restrictions
  7. Click on Block inappropriate websites to turn it on

Turning on the Block inappropriate websites will block all adult websites. This will turn your SafeSearch on, which is quite the handy feature on Windows 10. You can also add websites that you want to allow, and add websites that you want to block. This is optional, however.

When kids attempt to access any websites that are on the blocked list, an Ask for permission box will pop up. This will state that they will need to request permission from an adult family member to access the website. This gives parents complete control on whether or not they want to approve it.

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MacOS Update Hiccups with Crashes

If your Macbook has updated to Catalina OS 10.15.4 and you’ve experienced crashes, you’re not alone.

Yesterday, many users blew up Twitter about their issues. Since the update release, many Macbooks have crashed after being woken up from sleep mode. Although they have reached out to users on Twitter, Apple Support has yet to respond to this bug in an announcement.

One Twitter user stated, “Brand new 64gb macbook Pro and same issue. Nothing installed vanilla just got, instantly crashing. One thing open was Safari on BBC homepage. Left 15 mins came back crashed. Continously since. Installed stuff same. Reformat same. Big problems unusable.”

However, after scanning through Twitter feed, one user said that they were able to disable automatic graphics switching.

It’s completely unclear if that will work for every Macbook user who is currently experiencing issues. But it may seem like it’s worth a try.

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Microsoft Encourages Users to go Passwordless

On March 24th, Microsoft had announced that they were halting optional, non-security updates, due to the pandemic. However, update 20H1, also known as 2004 is still planned to be pushed out. This should occur possibly sometime this month or the next.

Along with the list of quality improvements and bug fixes, 20H1 will also encourage users to go passwordless. Microsoft states that, “this will strengthen your device sign-in by switching all Microsoft accounts on your device to modern multifactor authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN, and eliminating passwords from Windows.”

To make your PC passwordless, follow the simple steps below:
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Accounts
  3. Sign-in options
  4. Click “On” under the “Make your device passwordless” option

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Apple Stores are Closed until May 2020

Apple stores will remain closed for the U.S., Apple announced. Deirdre O’Brien, the Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and People shared this to workers in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to Bloomberg.com, she stated that Apple will continue to, “monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis” and that the company will make “reopening decisions on the basis of thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts.”

Around 270 total stores nationwide are affected by the closing. However, work-from-home will continue to stay in tact until stores get the go to open their doors again.

Earlier last month, O’Brien had mentioned that stores could open as early as the beginning of April. Because of how heavy the U.S. has been hit with the pandemic, the decision was changed and extended.

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Office 365 is Rebranding to Microsoft 365

Today, Microsoft announced on their news blog that they are going to be rebranding Office 365 to Microsoft 365. This will come with a plethora of new and exciting features to get the most out of the experience.

With over 38 million subscribers, Microsoft recognized how many of them are working and schooling remotely. And along with the Coronavirus pandemic, even more need to get the most out of their resources. Security will also be amped up to get the best protection from malware.

Today, we offer a powerful set of free applications and services that help you create, share, connect, and collaborate with your friends and family across the web and on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. Used by more than a half billion people, free Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive apps enable you to coauthor, video chat, organize, and come together. We are committed to improving and innovating on these experiences every day.

Microsoft News

This rebrand will begin on April 21, and will include the new ‘Microsoft 365 Personal and Family’ subscription. Prices range from $6.99 – $9.99 a month and for up to 6 people.

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Governments Using Location Data for Pandemic

According to the Wall Street Journal and MacRumors, the U.S. government has acquired location tracking data from mobile companies. This seems to be no surprised as cell phone companies have kept this kind of information stored. And often enough, they work along side the government to bring any kind of helpful information.

The reasoning behind the governments access to the location sharing data comes from the Conoravirus outbreak.

The information will be used to learn how well people are complying with stay-at-home orders, according to WSJ. Citing an example, the report says researchers discovered large numbers of people were gathering in a New York City park, which led them to notify local authorities.

MacRumors

There were reports of other countries implementing this kind of tracking in their areas to see how well citizens are following the rules.

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Video Resolutions are being Reduced

Yes, you heard that right!

Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, video resolutions are being reduced worldwide – with YouTube being one of them.

According to a LinusTechTips forum member, “YouTube streaming has surged due to people being under quarantine during this pandemic. Google is well equipped to handle YouTube streaming strain in the past, But the current problem is the consistency at which contents needs to be provided.”

source: animoto.com

It is said that YouTube as surpassed Netflix, the first time ever, streaming twice the amount of videos during this pandemic. This has made Youtube cut back the video resolution down to 480p to lessen the constraint on the internet infrastructure. This is a 30 day period during the month of April. Because this is a global crisis, YouTube believes that even if we don’t think that we won’t run out of bandwidth, this is a government level issue and precautions need to be in place.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple+ have all reduced their bitrate or resolution during these difficult times. This gives users to still have the ability to stream videos.

This seems to be a bad time for those who have gone completely digital nowadays. DVD’s may be making a temporary comeback.

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Microsoft Pausing Certain Windows 10 Updates

Optional is out

Windows 10 updates are a crucial part of keeping your PC up to date on quality improvements and security. Beginning May of this year, Microsoft will not allow their updates to be optional. This is due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft stated in their message center, “We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).
There is no change to the monthly security updates (B release – Update Tuesday); these will continue as planned to ensure business continuity and to keep our customers protected and productive. “

Security patches will still be a thing, so Patch Tuesday will continue each month. This change is specifically for the optional updates. There’s no telling how long this will last, or how future large updates will be affected.

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Microsoft Announces Changes to Office 365

There has been quite the demand for Office 365, so Microsoft had to step in to make temporary changes during the Coronavirus.

Since the outbreak, many companies have requested their employees to work from home remotely. This in turn has increased demand for Windows Tools, such as Office 365, OneNote, Streaming, and SharePoint, according to Windows Central. However, because this has occurred, Microsoft has had to lower the video resolution, deactivate any new video uploads, and restrict file attachment downloads to 100 MB.

ZDNet also includes the following specifics to the changes:

OneNote:
  • OneNote in Teams will be read-only for commercial tenants, excluding EDU. Users can go to OneNote for the web for editing.
  • Download size and sync frequency of file attachments have been changed
SharePoint:
  • We are rescheduling specific backend operations to regional evening and weekend business hours. Impacted capabilities include migration, DLP and delays in file management after uploading a new file, video or image.
  • Reduced video resolution for playback videos.
Stream:
  • People timeline has been disabled for newly uploaded videos. Pre-existing videos will not be impacted.
  •  Meeting recording video resolution adjusted to 720p

There’s no telling how long this change will last. Healthcare workers and government agencies will take Cloud priority with Microsoft.

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Tech Companies Donating to Health Workers

Worldwide companies are banding together to help the healthcare professionals with supplies for the pandemic.

Tech companies are pitching in to help with the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Cnet, Intel and Apple have supplied millions of masks for those in the healthcare industry to help the fight against COVID-19.

“We will donate masks, gloves, face shields and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies, and we’ll continue to look for additional sources of personal protective equipment that we can source and donate as quickly as possible to meet our commitment of more than a million items,” said the director of Global Public Affairs for Intel in a press release yesterday.

The Trump administration announced Apple’s plans to contribute to the cause as well. 2 million industrial masks were committed by Apple to assist healthcare workers to avoid the spread of this virus. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple also tweeted throughout the week that they were pledging $15 million during this troubling time. This assistance included a large amount of medical supplies to Italy. Facebook has also added to this donation with 750,000 masks.

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