Xbox One November 2016 Update – Performance and Fixes

Xbox One November 2016 Update – Performance and Fixes

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A new Xbox update with performance fixes when navigating Home has been released by Microsoft today. This update is a small one and came a few days after the Xbox preview build, which brought some significant fixes and improvements to Groove crashes, Cortana, Narrator crashes, some informative Messaging errors and more.

The details of this latest patch are as follows:

DETAILS
OS version released: rs1_xbox_rel_1610.161105-1400
Available: 6:00PM PDT 11/6 (2:00AM GMT 7/11)
FIXES:
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• Performance fixes when navigating Home.

This is how some users reacted to the announcement of the home dashboard performance fixes:

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The update was scheduled to be available from 6:00PM PDT 11/6 (2:00AM GMT 7/11) to enrolled consoles. You can update by launching the Guide and navigating to All Settings > System > Console info & updates, once the Performance fixes when navigating Home are available to you.

Just two days ago, on November 5th, Microsoft released a new Xbox One update for preview members, which brought some major improvements. It offered fixes for issues affecting various features such as Cortana, Messaging, and the Virtual Keyboard. Users got better speech recognition for France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. The Groove Music crash was fixed when launched via Cortana and some messaging support was added when a user fails to send a message due to low reputation. You can find more information about the last update here.

Some preview members have managed to install the update and here is what they say about it:

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It looks like  some of the long waited improvements in Xbox are coming live now and the gamers are greeting the fixes with excitement. Hopefully, these updates  will be available to the public consoles sooner rather than later and more users will be able to benefit them.

An interesting fact is that the Xbox update preview came just a day after the  head Phil Spencer announced in a Twitter post that Xbox One backward compatibility for certain games are expected to come by the end of November. According to GameRant, the list of titles includes some “top fan requests” such as “Red Dead Redemption,” “Gears of War” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops”. These games are now confirmed to be getting backward compatibility and the gamers would have them this month itself. The fans of “Grand Theft Auto IV,” “Mass Effect 2” and even the seventh-generation “Call of Duty” will be satisfied too, because these games are  also likely to be added to the list of backward compatible games, as Spencer revealed.

What would you say about these two updates? Did you manage to test them already? Please feel free to share your comments in the section below.

Twitter was down, but now back online!

 Twitter is now accessible after been down for nearly an hour.

If you were unable to access Twitter today, it wasn’t only you who had this issue. The famous social platform was down for nearly an hour, but now it seems to be returning to normal. However, some users are reporting that they still have problems to load the Twitter.com site due to getting various errors..

The sudden crash affected Twitter’s Web and mobile apps, as well as the TweetDeck, but the reason for it remains unknown. The company has not come with an official statement for the recent problems with the Twitter platform yet, but according to the users’ reports, the official website was not accessible and the attempts to connect on both desktop and mobile failed between 12:50 AM ET and 1:24AM ET.

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Twitter problem reports at downdetector.com

The majority of signals reporting of Twitter being down came from Japan and the east coast of the United States, however, many users from different locations around the world are still indicating issues with the access to the famous platform. Some users are reporting drastic slowdowns and inability to log in.

Is this a hack or malfunctioning? Many users are rumoring about the possible reasons for Twitter being down and some of them even point that the famous social platform might be under a cyber-attack. This may make some sense, having in mind that there were previous attempts for such attacks in the past followed by similar malfunctions.  And while at this moment there is no official information which we could point to, it is not clear whether this is the case or not. We are expecting more information from Twitter itself and will update you accordingly in the next hours. If you are still having issues to connect to the platform, let us know in the comments below and we will make sure to inform you about the latest news and fixes of this matter.

 

Error Status 0xc000012f Fix (Windows 10 and earlier)

In this guide we’ll discuss the Error Status 0xc000012f. The instructions provided will fix work for Windows 10 and earlier versions.

In case that you are getting the 0xc000012f error code, it may indicate that your Windows OS may not be working properly or it may be having an issue while installing, updating or upgrading your system. Usually, the 0xc000012f error code occurs when there is some malfunction. Your computer may become slower and may cause some lags, it may crash or freeze if you are running multiple applications at the same time or it may signalize some critical errors in your system. 

The reasons for this error to appear on your screen may include excessive startup entries, registry errors, some hardware/RAM issues, fragmented files, failed program installations or uninstallations and many more. In such cases, the 0xc000012f error will immediately signalize that there is a failure in correctly running some of the system’s or application’s component normal operations. If you are getting this error when trying to update your Windows, below we have listed a few fixes, which may work for you. They work for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Error Status 0xc000012f Fix

The Guide

If your Windows fails to update and the 0xc000012f error appears, this is how the error message may look like:

“Windows could not search for new updates. An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Some updated were not installed. Failed: 95 updates

Error(s) found: Code 0xc000012f Windows update encountered an unknown error.”

Here is what you can try to resolve the problem:

Step 1: Disable Proxy

For this fix, you will need to work with the Command Prompt.

  • First, type CMD in the start search  box.
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  • Once in the Command Prompt, copy the following command and press Enternetsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
  • Do have in mind that you will need Administrator Access to Run the above command. If you are not running it as Administrator, simply right-click on the CMD button and select “Run as Administrator”. This is what it should look like:328_fixes_and_guides_image3
  • If everything is correct, a message stating “Direct Access (no proxy server)“ will appear. If not, you will need to disable proxy from your Network Settings. Once you disable the proxy, continue to step 2.

Step 2: Check Windows Firewall

  • First, hold the Windows Key + R combination on your keyboard.
  • The “Run” box will open and there you need to type Firewall.cpl and hit Enter.
  • In the window that opens click on “Turn Windows Firewall On or Off” as shown in the picture.
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  • Then, navigate to Private network Settings and select “Turn off Windows firewall (not recommended)
  • Do the same for Public Network Settings.
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  • Click OK and exit the window.

The error should be fixed. Note, however, that after the 0xc000012f error code is solved, you must turn the Windows Firewall on. If you still have the problem and the fix above has not resolved it, there might be some more serious problem with your system. Contact us in the comment section to get further help.

Microsoft Translator will translate multiple languages in real time

Microsoft Translator will translate multiple languages in real time

The preview app is expected to be released by the end of this year

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Microsoft Translator may put an end to the language barrier with its real time multiple language translation abilities. This was announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, when the company unveiled its plans to release a new mobile translate application. It looks like the end of 2016 is expected be quite eventful for tech circles, since this new app is expected to be released before the end of the year. From the company, they say that Microsoft Translator will be able to translate real time conversations, all in different languages, which is a new step towards multilingual communication.

The present version of the Microsoft Translator app can already translate conversations between two people, however, very soon this will be just a piece of cake for the new preview release. By the year’s end, the company believes that it will be able to provide users with multiple speaker support, using nine languages.

Such live translation was demonstrated at the Microsoft Future Decoded event in London, with a product demo of the new translator technology. The demonstration showed three people, who were chatting in three different languages – one speaking French, another speaking German and the third speaking English. The demo application was installed on each speaker’s smartphone and managed to translate in real time their written text messages and their verbal conversations. The prototype of a mobile app powered by Microsoft Translator also managed to show the public translations in Chinese, as well as the fictional language Klingon, leaving the public impressed by the new concept of multilingual real-time communication.

What has been revealed is that Microsoft is working hard to ensure that by the end of the year, the preview application will be able to make text translations in 60 languages and provide support for spoken translation in nine languages. This is what Oliver Fortana, director of Product Strategy for Microsoft Translator, said during the London event:

“The idea is to say ‘everybody has a smart device, a smartphone, or a tablet. What if we could harness the power of those smart devices to enable real-time, multilingual conversation translation for an in-person situation?’”

After this empowering news, even the non-linguistic lovers may get some powerful support in communicating freely, especially if they are backed by real-time translation tools like the Microsoft Translator app.

Surface Studio may be available in Europe earliest in February 2017

Surface Studio may be available in Europe earliest in February 2017

A Swiss online retailer has listed Surface Studio for pre-order on their website

NEW YORK City, October 26th, 2016 — Microsoft unveiled to the tech world a new and broad vision that can empower a wave of creativity. With the announcement of a major creative update coming to more than 400 million Windows 10 users and the introduction of Surface Studio – an impressive device packed with amazing features – the company has been making the headlines for a week now.

What truly caused a furore among the professionals, who went to the October event, is the new addition to the expanding Surface family – the Surface Studio. With the thinnest LCD monitor ever build and its stunning ultra-HD 4.5K screen, this device quickly transforms from a comfortable desktop to a powerful and creative digital canvas, giving creativity no limits.

Just a few days after its official presentation on stage, the interest for the device was so huge that it ran out of stock in the Microsoft Store. Fortunately, its pre-orders were quickly renewed and now Surface Studio is available for pre-order again. Its price starts from $2,999 for the core i5 configuration, but the multifunctional device is also available in two more configurations with higher hardware specifics. Unfortunately, as of now, Surface Studio can be pre-ordered only in the United States and in limited quantities. But when can the world expect it for a broader availability?

Without a doubt, the Surface Studio is one of the most desirable pieces of hardware ever, and fortunately, it will soon be available for mass purchase in Europe as well. It seems that Digitec, a Swiss online retailer, has listed Surface Studio for pre-order on their website.

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The price, at which one could purchase the device in Europe, is 3799 Swiss francs, which converted to Euro makes it available for 3509 Euro ($3866) for the core i5 configuration and reaching up to 5299 CHF or 4890 Euro ($5387) for the Core i7.

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The shipment is announced to be on February 15th, 2017, which gives an early indication of when we can expect the Surface Studio to be made available on the European market.

How to bring MagSafe back to the new MacBook Pro

Apple decided to scrap MagSafe on the new MacBook Pro, but a custom built MagSafe 2 has got your back!

BreakSafe, a custom solution from Griffin, is the successor to MagSafe.

Apple’s extreme attention to the tiniest details is one of its greatest strengths and this is what makes its users feel cared for to their greatest comfort. One of these brilliant and small, but incredibly innovative features, which makes every Mac user’s life easier, is the MagSafe. This is a tiny magnetic charging connector, which is strong enough to hold on and charge your device, but actually weak enough to safely unplug and prevent your MacBook from the possibility of getting yanked on the floor if someone manages to trip on its cable.

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However, in its latest MacBooks, Apple seems to be killing this amazing and convenient feature and replacing it with a standard Thunderbolt 3 connector. Indeed, the open USB-C standard gives the opportunity to charge, relay video and transfer data all through the same port, however, many users find the decision of Apple to eliminate MagSafe as a step backward from the users’ comfort.

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With MacBook Pro, Apple’s MagSafe is officially dead!

Fortunately, there is a solution that may replace MagSafe in the new MacBooks – Griffin now offers BreakSafe, a $34,99 magnetic USB-C cable that does almost the same job as MagSafe. Of course, it is not as convenient as the original, and the look of your MacBook may suffer a bit, since you need to plug in a separate brick that connects through USB-C. Also, you will have to check if you are connected it the right way every time, because it is not reversible like the original MagSafe. However, it can still effectively prevent your new MacBook Pro from falling on the floor and shattering into pieces should you accidentally tug the cable, so it is probably worth the investment.

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The devil is in the details.

Microsoft’s Surface Studio pre-orders now available!

Following temporary unavailability, Microsoft’s new Surface Studio is back in stock! 

 Pre-orders currently available, but won’t ship until early 2017.

Just a few days after the official presentation on stage, Microsoft’s new Surface Studio was listed out of stock in the Microsoft store. On the Microsoft Event held in New York City on the 26th of October, this new device was presented to the public and quickly impressed the professionals with its features, design, and creative class.

It took nearly an hour to Panos Panay to introduce the capabilities of Surface Studio – its performance, innovative functionalities, and stylish design. But what really made an impression about this device and immediately turned it into a very attractive must-have machine was the display. Its 28-inch PixelSense display is really a huge step towards the desktop and touch technology. The quality of the graphics is incomparable to other devices. Moreover, it allows any professional to express its creativity without any limits.

Thanks to the zero-gravity hinge on Surface Studio for the display, it takes only one finger to turn the monitor into a standard desktop or lay it down to become a comfortable multi-touch tablet, perfect for work and fun. Suitable for all needs, the Surface Studio specifics and available ports are not compromised as well. The device comes in three configurations, which according to Microsoft are available in limited quantities:

Surface Studio – 1TB / Intel Core i5 8GB RAM and 2GB GPU $2,999
Surface Studio – 1TB / Intel Core i7 16GB RAM and 2GB GPU $3,499
Surface Studio – 2TB / Intel Core i7 32GB RAM and 4GB GPU $4,199

All of them were listed out of stock in the Microsoft Store yesterday.

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The Pre-orders began on October 26th itself, and it seems that the interest for Surface Studio was so huge that all the available devices were sold out. Of course, having in mind the impressive introduction, this was expected to happen. Luckily, today the pre-order option is available again. It seems that Microsoft is acting fast in adjusting its inventory and manufacturing orders to respond to the customers’ interest.

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The first owners of Surface Studio may expect the Core i5 variant for shipment earliest in December and the Core i7 versions are scheduled for early 2017.

Windows Error 0x80004005 (Fix)

This guide will help you solve Windows Error 0x80004005. We have provided two separate ways in which Error 0x80004005 can be resolved.

Windows error 0x80004005 is an error, which does not relate to a specific issue and may appear due to various problems. It usually indicates that there is some problem with the installation of certain components, which the operation system needs in order to allow some additional features for debugging. Error 0x80004005 may appear when you are trying to install Bash or when you are trying to enable the developer mode. In fact, it is unspecified when such an error code may appear. The good thing is that this is not something serious and won’t prevent your devices from operating normally, but if, let’s say, you need a developer option or Bash, this error may be an issue. For those of you who are trying to install the Developer Mode, here we have prepared a guide that may help you get the Error Code 0x80004005 solved:

Windows Error 0x80004005

The Guide

Option 1: Install Developer Mode Manually

Ok, so this is the easy step from the two options that have been tested to work. If you follow the steps below, you will install the Developer Mode on your machine manually.
To do that, first, you need to open the Settings. You can either press the Windows key on the keyboard and simply type “Settings” шn the empty box or navigate to them through the menu.
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Next, seek for the Apps & Features menu and open it.
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There, you need to choose “Manage Optional features” as shown on the picture.
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Then choose “Add a feature” and click on the Windows Developer Mode package. Press the install button and reboot your computer.

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When the installation process is completed, you will need to press the Windows and “X” keys on your keyboard simultaneously in order to launch the Elevated Command Prompt or select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.

When you get inside the Command Prompt (Admin), type the following command and press “Run”.

sc config debugregsvc start=auto

Next, when the command is done, you will need to press the Windows key and type “For Developers” in the box to return to the “For Developers” page. Do not worry if the error code 0x80004005 is still there. After you have completed the above steps, you will be able to allow the features you need.

Option 2: Disable the UseWUServer registry key

The second option will require you to deal with the registry. Here you will need to be very careful when following the steps, because making a mistake inside the registry may irreversibly mess up your operating system. That’s why, please follow the instructions with great attention to detail in order to avoid any serious issues.

First, you will need to open a “Run” window. For that, press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

Next, type regedit.exe in the “Run” box and press “OK”.

Now, you have entered the Registry Editor. When there, navigate with the left navigation pane to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

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IMPORTANT!!!: Before making any edits to the registry, first create a backup of the keys you intend to change. For that, right-click the parent folder and select Export.

Now, after you have created a backup, you can proceed with the edits of the UseWUServer. You can delete the entire AU folder or simply set its value to 0.
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The process should be done in some 10-15 minutes, but if you would like to accelerate it, here is what you need to do. Open the Elevated Command Prompt (the way we described in the instructions of Option 1) and use the commands below. Do not forget to press “Enter” after each one to execute it.

net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop cryptsvc
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop cryptsvc

When ready, just close the Command Prompt. The Error code 0x80004005 will have been fixed this way and you should not face it anymore.

Windows 10 PC build 14393.351 now available on both the Slow and Release Preview rings!

Windows 10 PC build 14393.351 now available on both the Slow and Release Preview rings!

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A new cumulative update for Windows 10 PC has just been released by Microsoft. Packed with a number of fixes and improvements, this update, named KB3197954, comes with build number 14393.351. And while the world is still busy discussing the latest announcements from the Windows 10 Creative Update on the Microsoft event of October 26th, here we have listed the most important issues that have been fixed with the Windows 10 PC build 14393.351, which was released yesterday:

  • The Windows 10 PC update comes with improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11, Start, File Explorer, action center, graphics, and the Windows kernel.
  • The issue that was causing System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Console to crash in State view has been addressed.
  • Addressed connectivity issue from a 32-bit application to a Remote Desktop Gateway that doesn’t have HTTP tunneling enabled.
  • The issue of updates not being restored when doing a system reset, even if those updates were permanently installed, has also been addressed.
  • An issue that was causing domain logon attempts to be unsuccessful on Windows 10 Pro after upgrading from Windows 10 Home has also been resolved.
  • The issue that was causing failed logon counts of non-admin users without network logon permissions to be counted as cumulative, resulting in devices going into BitLocker recovery more frequently – also addressed.
  • Also, improved support for websites has been added, by updating the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list.
  • Improved support for IT administrators using Group Policy to block users trying to update their operating system from Windows Update.
  • The new update also gives better stability and reliability of the notification framework for allowing contextual notifications in File Explorer.
  • An issue that wasn’t allowing System Center Configuration Manager to perform inventory uploads via Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) when Encrypting File System (EFS) is disabled has also been addressed.
  • Additional issues with USB, Wi-Fi, Microsoft Edge, clustering, Internet Explorer 11, licensing, setup, graphics, PowerShell, Component Object Model (COM), Windows kernel and Bluetooth have also received some fixes for better performance.

The Windows 10 PC build 14393.351 has been around for only a couple of hours and has been released to PC Insiders on the Slow and Release Preview rings. Here you can check the official announcement of the update.

Microsoft Windows 10 October event – the highlights!

Microsoft Windows 10 October event – the highlights!

This year’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event was among the most exciting happenings in the tech world. And in case you missed it, here is a handy list of its most prominent moments.

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Let’s sum up the highlights at a glance: The main focus of Windows 10 Creators Update was in the 3D content creation that will be available for mass usage. Gamers were presented with High-end gaming, custom tournaments, and Dolby Atmos that are coming to Xbox. An update for the Surface Book was released. And a new Surface Studio was announced.

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The latest Microsoft update that was presented on October 26th, collected all the attention of the tech circles. The company’s emphasis was made on sharing and connecting, where some great new communication apps were presented. The highlights were on the MyPeople task bar app that allows users to communicate through a simple appр and an SMS Relay feature, which makes it possible to view and reply to texts from your laptop.

3D visualization
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The most exciting announcement on the event was the upcoming Creators Update and its huge focus on the 3D visualization tools. Paint 3D, a glimpse of which was released a few weeks before the Windows 10 event, now allows users to create 3D content with some simple tools and brushes. Using just your phone will now be enough to create a full 3D model, which is extremely easy to customize and work with. Isolating objects from photographs and replacing them with a new background or another image is now easier than ever with the new digital art app. New selection tools such as Doogle can now help you turn any 2D sketch into 3D and different pens allow you to work on the 3D object to customize it as you wish.

Another interesting feature that enables users to scan real-work objects to the new Remix3D community makes it easier for anyone to design 3D images on their own. The members of Remix 3D will be able to share 3D models and find others to use in their own work. The best thing is that these models can also be printed with 3D printers.

A long awaited Office update was also announced, which includes 3D imaging and transitions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so you can play around with your graphics and present them in any way you choose. However, the preview version is only available to US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A step into Virtual Reality

During the event, Microsoft announced that it is currently working with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer to release several standalone VR headsets. Their expected starting price would be about $299.
A HoloTour app, originally developed for HoloLens, was also announced. It enables users to take Street View-like trips all around the world.

Xbox One S with three new features

Gamers are sure to love the Creators Update on the Xbox One S. Windows 10 will now let you broadcast gameplay live with just the press of a button.
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Players now have the opportunity to create custom tournaments and challenges against your friends with Arena on Xbox Live. The Xbox gaming features are now available on the desktop with Xbox Play Anywhere program. It allows you to buy a single game on Windows or Xbox and play it on either system.
The company announced also a free update, adding Dolby Atmos playback via bitstream audio pass-through.

Surface Book updates

A flurry of updates surrounding Surface was presented on the event, however, none of them were meant for the Surface Pro tablet. Still, the new Surface Book i7 with its 13.5 million pixel display, twice the graphics power, a second fan, and a battery life of 16 hours is one decent gadget.

The Surface Studio announcement

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Among the most exciting announcements was the Surface Studio – an all-in-one touchscreen device, created to meet all the needs of its users. With the tiniest LCD monitor to date, and billions of colors, accompanied by an i7 processor, two fans for cooling, 32 GB of RAM and aluminum chassis, Surface Studio was surely the cherry on the cake of the Windows 10 October event.

Do you find the Windows 10 Creators Update exciting? Let us know what you think in the comments below.